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“Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things.”
—Joe Paterno (1926-2012)
American Football Coach

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From the Desk of Dave Linzey...

Education reform in America is in full swing as schools everywhere are transitioning to a new standard - specifically the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Beginning in 2009, the development of the CCSS was led by state Governors and state Superintendents/Commissioners of Education and informed by the best state standards already in existence; the collaboration of teachers, content experts, and leading thinkers; and feedback from the public. The new standards were subsequently adopted by 46 out of 50 states (the others are embracing similar reform initiatives of their own creation). While the CCSS movement is certainly still a work in progress with lots of potential bumps in the road, the objectives that drove the reform are important. The overarching intent was to create standards that were:

Clear - so that teachers, students, and parents know the learning expectations and are able to effectively work towards them

Consistent - so that we have a shared understanding of what is important for all students to learn and the ability to analyze and compare performance throughout the nation

Rigorous - so that students can be adequately prepared for the expectations of college and career in a highly competitive and globalized marketplace

Relevant - so that learning is engaging and meaningful for students in the 21st century

At Clayton Valley Charter High School, we have embraced this change and made great strides in the last two years. Our teachers are already ahead of the curve in implementing CCSS in the classroom and the professional development and collaboration around this effort is ongoing. You may remember that the API scores for schools in California have been frozen since 2013 (CVCHS finished the old system on a high note achieving a 62 point jump to an all-time high score of 836). The API will return at the end of the 2015-16 school year for our state, this time based on the Common Core State Standards and with a completely new assessment system in place. For California this new test will not only be based on new standards but will be administered in a new way - on a computer. The CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) uses "smart" technology to adapt to the specific student taking the test.

Those states that are farther along in their adoption process and have already seen scores come in from the new CCSS based test are seeing dramatic (almost alarming) drops in performance. What this tells us is that the new tests are much harder and we have a lot of work to do to fully transition.

Again, the students at CVCHS have a great advantage in that our teachers and staff are dedicated to making this transition as seamless as possible and have worked very hard to that end. For more information on the Common Core State Standards visit the CVCHS website at claytonvalley.org. We have a page dedicated to the CCSS (under the "Academic Programs" tab). Click on the links, watch the videos, and ask your students to take the sample test so that they can get a feel for what is coming. It is good to have an understanding of the CCSS as we navigate this substantive change in the way we do public education. Most importantly, you can count on CVCHS to help lead the way.

In Your Service,
David Linzey

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Welcome

Welcome to Clayton Valley Charter High School! The vision is clear: We will prepare our students for college admissions equipped with 21st century skills. All students have a right to a world-class education and this is the mission of Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS). All of the faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to this challenge and we invite parents to join us as partners to make this vision a reality. The CVCHS administration, board of directors, teachers and staff are united with a clear vision to ensure that we provide our students with a rigorous and relevant education.


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Attendance
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School funding comes directly from student's daily attendance.  When they attend school, even for a portion of the day, we receive full funding for that day.  When your student does not attend at all, we receive no funding at all.  Since 2007, California funding for public education (which includes charter schools) has been reduced significantly causing a tremendous strain on schools to offer educational programs.  We need each student here everyday, even if it is only for a part of the day (after doctor's and dentist appointments, etc.).  CVCHS can actually increase our state funding if every parent does their best to get their students to school everyday.  Thanks!


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News and Announcements

ARABIAN NIGHTS JUNIOR PROM IS ALMOST HERE!

ARABIAN NIGHTS JUNIOR PROM IS ALMOST HERE! Junior Prom is scheduled for March 21st from 8:00 pm - midnight at HS Lordships Georgian Ballroom in Berkeley. Please click above for all the information !
COACH PAUL KOMMER IS CAL HI SPORTS COACH OF THE WEEK!!

COACH PAUL KOMMER IS CAL HI SPORTS COACH OF THE WEEK!! Our phenomenal Girls' Basketball coach, Paul Kommer, is making CVCHS proud! Click the link above for all the scoop and come support our Lady Eagles in the semi-final round of NCS championship play!!!
SENIORS--IT'S SENIOR BRUNCH TIME!!!

SENIORS--IT'S SENIOR BRUNCH TIME!!! The tradition of Senior Brunch continues on March 3rd, 2015!! Click above for all the details and don't miss the fun!
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!! THE ANNUAL CVCHS ARTS EXPO IS COMING SOON!!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!  THE ANNUAL CVCHS ARTS EXPO IS COMING SOON!! The Annual CVCHS Arts Expo is April 23, 2015. All CVCHS students are invited to participate.
Entries are due March 11, 2015. This year's theme is "Forever Young" entries should reflect youth culture and what it's like to be a teen in 2015. It can be personal, community, or globally based. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the seven categories accepted: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video, Digital/Computer and Mixed Media.

For more information please email Katie Nolan, Katie.Nolan@claytonvalley.org or Joanne McCluhan, jomccluhan@yahoo.com and click the link above.
CV MARCHING BAND PERFORMING AT A'S GAME!

CV MARCHING BAND PERFORMING AT A'S GAME! Reserve your A's game tickets now! CV Marching Band will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the A's game on Friday, April 24th. Tickets are available for the lower box stadium for $40 if reserved by March 15th. To reserve your tickets, please email: musicboosters@claytonvalley.org
COME JOIN US FOR THE MOVIE NIGHT SING-A-LONG!

COME JOIN US FOR THE MOVIE NIGHT SING-A-LONG! Mark your calendar for Music Boosters Movie Night Sing-A-Long, March 20th in the Multi-Use Room @ 7:00pm. Be ready to sing your hearts out and enjoy performances by our outstanding Instrumental Music students.

Tickets will be available for a donation of $5.00! Concessions will be available for purchase.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DISTINGUISHED CVCHS MUSIC STUDENTS!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DISTINGUISHED CVCHS MUSIC STUDENTS!! We are excited to announce the following students that were accepted into very competitive musical ensembles through the musical direction of Joseph Scott! It is an honor to have so many students accepted. Please click the link for the full list!
LETTER TO COMMUNITY REGARDING NCS PROBATION

LETTER TO COMMUNITY REGARDING NCS PROBATION In response to questions regarding the NCS probation, please click above for a letter from CVCHS Governing Board Chairperson, Ted Meriam
CONGRATULATIONS! CVCHS GETS REAUTHORIZED FOR 5 YEARS!!

CONGRATULATIONS!  CVCHS GETS REAUTHORIZED FOR 5 YEARS!! I would like to proudly announce that CVCHS has received authorization from the Contra Costa County Office of Education for the next five years to continue our outstanding charter school! With a vote of 5-0 the County Board approved the recommendation from the CCCOE administration to approve our charter school due to the tremendous success we have had in meeting all the requirements necessary for reauthorization. With the tremendous academic achievement results CVCHS has earned the past two years, it is clear that we have an outstanding school that is preparing all of our students for college and careers of the 21st century. Congratulations to our students, staff and parents for a job well done! Let’s keep up the great work we do each and every day of focusing upon meeting the needs of our students. That is what got us here!

Dave Linzey
Executive Director
"CLAYTON VALLEY CARES" IS BACK AT CVCHS!!

 "CLAYTON VALLEY CARES" IS BACK AT CVCHS!! Clayton Valley Cares (CVC) is a program that is designed to help our CV students and their families in need. Hardship can hit a family without warning, and we want to help. Students who may have a need for a warm coat, a gift card for necessities/food or a bus/BART ticket. Any student can receive help by speaking first to their Guidance Counselor who will, in turn, reach out to CVC for the help that they need. All services and inquiries are strictly confidential. For more information on how you can help, please click above.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING GOVERNING BOARD MEETINGS?

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING GOVERNING BOARD MEETINGS?  The CVCHS Governing Board can now send out notices of meetings and agendas and links to information. For more information and a link to the subscription page, please click above.
ON-LINE PAYMENTS FOR CAFETERIA ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!

ON-LINE PAYMENTS FOR CAFETERIA ARE NOW AVAILABLE!! You can now add money to your student's lunch account via our webstore! Use your Visa, Mastercard or Discover card to make online payments right from the comfort of your home. For all the information and a direct link to the webstore, please click above.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY(S) TO GET INVOLVED AND STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION??

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY(S) TO GET INVOLVED AND STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION?? If you are the parent of an existing, new or incoming student at CVCHS, there are a number of ways to stay involved with your child’s education, find out what’s happening on campus and get notified of events you and your child may be interested in. Click above to find out how!!
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Benchmark Test #3

Date: 3/4/2015
Baseball at Amador -EARLY RELEASE JV/Var 1pm; Frosh 2pm

Date: 3/4/2015, 3:30 PM 6:30 PM
Location: Amador
GIRLS' BASKETBALL NCS SEMI-FINAL GAME!

Date: 3/4/2015, 7 PM 9 PM
Location: Berkeley High School 1980 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
Benchmark Test #3

Date: 3/5/2015
Boys Lacrosse vs Livermore

Date: 3/5/2015
Location: Livermore
Boys Golf vs CPHS @Oakhurst-ER 2:00

Date: 3/5/2015, 2 PM 4 PM
Location: Oakhurst
Boys Tennis vs Ygnacio Valley

Date: 3/5/2015, 3 PM 5 PM
Location: CVCHS
Girls Softball vs Pittsburg

Date: 3/5/2015, 3:30 PM 5 PM
Location: Pittsburg High
Girls Lacrosse vs Campolindo

Date: 3/6/2015, 3:30 PM 5 PM
Location: CVCHS Turf JV 3:30 V 5:00
Girls Freshman Lacrosse at Livermore

Date: 3/6/2015, 5:30 PM 7 PM
Location: Livermore 5:30